How to Draw a Basketball Player Dunking


Learning to draw is fun for kids of younger ages. It is also know to be therapeutic for people of older ages. Some have a natural talent for drawing while others learn through teaching. Drawing the objects and figures around us is a common way to learn. Sports figures are frequently subjects of interest. The action-filled pose of a basketball player about to dunk a ball is an easy one to learn and utilizes basic figure drawing concepts.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Draw out the stick figure frame of the basketball player. Draw a circle for the head, then a line for the neck all the way down the length of the torso. Draw a line for the width of shoulders, as well as for the width of the pelvis. Next, draw a line for the positions of the arms and the legs. For a right-handed slam dunk, the right arm will be extended high, almost behind the head. The left arm will be extended in front of the body. The left leg will be slightly bent. The right leg will be bent at the knee, aiming away from the front of the body.

  • Sketch the shape of the player's head and face. Mark the positions of the facial features in the sketch.

  • Sketch the facial features. This includes the eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth. Also sketch the shape of the neck onto the stick figure shoulders.

  • Draw the shape of the jersey around the neck and down over the line that is the torso, onto the width of the pelvis.

  • Draw the arms over the stick figure outlines. Draw them in segments, such as the upper arm first, then the elbow, then the forearm.

  • Draw the shape of the hands. Include the shape of the basketball in the hand that is raised in the air.

  • Draw the shape of the shorts, beginning at the pelvic width line. You can make them as long or short as you like.

  • Draw the outline of the exposed legs underneath the shorts. This will be part of the thigh, the knee and calf.

  • Draw the shape of basketball shoes at the end of the legs.

  • Fill in the details of the drawing once you have completed the entire figure. Detail the facial features, including the expression. Add the musculature of the arms and legs. Lastly, add detail to the jersey, and shorts, such as a number or stripes. You can also add socks to the legs and insignia on the shoes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Understanding basic anatomy is key to drawing stick figures, which you build life-like forms on. Develop an understating of the human skeleton and how the body looks when in motion.

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